Low income families receive boost in Nampa as part of Share the Day

Posted at 6:36 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 20:44:34-05

In one week, families across America will be sitting down for a special dinner with all the fixin's.

For some folks in Canyon County, though, Thanksgiving arrived early as part of an event called Share the Day.

"It's pretty special," said Culinary Instructor Jack D'Orazio with the Centennial Job Corps in Nampa.

The day is not only a chance for the less fortunate to get their fill of turkey but an opportunity for everyone to get to know their fellow community members.

"They're happy, they thank you. It's a feeling you get by doing it," D'Orazio said. "I mean, it just brings you back. It almost brings tears to your eyes seeing someone so happy like that."

This is the fifth year students from the Centennial Job Corps have volunteered their time and talent. They prepared 35 turkeys for this special day. Many of them didn't have a lot growing up. So, being able to give back means a lot to them.

Besides celebrating Thanksgiving, 15 different social service providers were on site at Nampa First Christian Church.

Anyone in need of medical screenings and warm clothing were invited inside.

Founders of The Community Builder used the 14th Annual Share the Day tradition as a way to help get their name out there. Besides helping in whatever way possible to prepare people for job interviews, they have a focus on homeless teenagers.

They're hosting a Christmas for Teens drive currently and are asking for donations in the form of sleeping bags and stocking stuffers.

"People don't usually see the homeless youth that are on the streets," said Teresa Short, one of the group's founders. "So, we want to kind of make people aware of that."

Items for the Christmas for Teens drive can be dropped off at The Community Builder. The deadline is Dec. 14. To see other drop off locations throughout the Treasure Valley, visit